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December 6, 2013 / Christian Clansky

How we went from an affordable housing surplus to shortage

Most people probably wouldn’t call the 1970s “the good old days.” But in 1970, there was actually too much affordable housing available. So, what happened to cause such a massive shortage today? The Center for American Progress just published a new report on the subject (Atlantic, 12/6):

In part, what’s happened is that families who used to be middle-class are increasingly looking for cheaper affordable rental housing, crowding out the most low-income from the units they have the best chance of affording. Housing aid also hasn’t kept pace with the size of the population that needs it. Today, only one in four households eligible for a rental subsidy is able to get one.

YOUTH | A new report about the District’s juvenile justice system has found that case workers are failing to monitor youth who are committed to facilities outside of the region. About a third of the system’s population is sent to other facilities for various types of support.  (WAMU, 12/6)

WORKFORCE/RACE | Unemployment continues to decline in the country, which is great. But not so great is the fact that unemployment among younger black workers is bucking the trend and actually increasing. Nearly a quarter of 16 to 24 year old black workers are unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (HuffPo, 12/6)

WORLD | There are a great many reflections on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela today. Here’s one of the more obscure ones: South African musician Johnny Clegg talking about Mandela’s influence on his music. It’s worth a listen. (NPR, 12/6)

PHILANTHROPY | Every December, Arabella Advisors features a series of guest contributions aimed at helping funders think about new opportunities for impact in the upcoming year. This year’s Impact 2014 series includes posts from David Bornstein and Charlize Theron, among many others. Check them out here.

NONPROFITS | Nonprofits Say New Proposed IRS Rules Would Hamper Their Advocacy Efforts (Chronicle, 12/6)

SOCIAL MEDIA | What sort of impact did Giving Tuesday have in the social media sphere this year? Beth Kanter has a rundown of the numbers. (BK, 12/5)

TRANSIT | Metro’s new Silver Line is going to open on schedule. December Fools! The opening has been delayed yet again. Sen. Mark Warner says that every month of delay costs between $2 and $3 million in lost fares. The next target is April, when I bet I’ll get to write “April Fools” before linking to another article about a delay. (WAMU, 12/6)


Have you ever seen an acrobat throw bowls onto her head while riding an elevated unicycle? Can you even imagine what that means? Well check this out!

Also, here’s a series of photos of an artist who turned her tiny studio into art installations.

We’re due for some winter weather this weekend. I’m hoping for more snow than freezing rain. Stay warm, stay safe, and have a great weekend! See you Monday. – Christian

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